Kris Verdonck makes in ISOS reference to the world and characters depicted in the apocalyptic science-fiction novels by James Graham Ballard. Ballard portrays in his magic realistic stories and autobiographical works, intelligent and visionary descriptions of a future world, which increasingly resembles our contemporary neoliberal society.
Lie back and close your eyes. While enjoying a hand massage secluded from the outside world, close neighbours and complete strangers divulge their most intimate secrets. This travelling audio installation reveals compelling and moving new portraits from Molenbeek in Brussels to Slotermeer in Amsterdam. Learn how the universal search for happiness and security can be hampered by relentless reality.
By way of introducing some themes raised in Thomas Bellinck’s performance “Simple as ABS #2”, political anthropologist Gregory Feldman will give a 1 hour-lecture based on his publication “We Are All Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood” (2015).
Can light be a compositional building block? The Liquid Room Series radically questions the classical concert model. The audience is free to move around among the various stages set up in the dismantled hall of the Kaaitheater. Immerse yourself in a pure experience of sound and light!
A sudden and uannounced event can change the colour of whatever went before. unannounced – a performance for six dancers – plays with the way your focus shifts when a sudden apparition suddenly changes your perspective. The creators zoom in on the deep dark shades of the black box to look beyond the surface of the here and now. The anticipation of what is to come echoes the afterglow of the past.
Philosopher Armen Avanessian and architect Markus Miessen discuss the possibilities of ‘xeno-architecture’. Can spatial practice – by embracing alienation – open up a larger space for the unknown? By turning toward ‘what could be’, could an architecture be built that deals with today’s overwhelming complexity and global unrest?
How do we envision the art spaces of tomorrow? How can we reshape these meeting places and laboratories for coexistence? The artists of Damaged Goods set up camp in a former factory in Molenbeek – housing the Decoratelier of scenographer Jozef Wouters – to formulate some physical answers to these questions.
Trajal Harrell explores a moment in dance history when female artists presented performances on the boundary between entertainment, erotic dancing, and early experiments in modern dance. CAEN AMOUR is structured as a hoochie coochie show. With a seductive performance, scantily dressed ‘hoochies’ lure you around to the backstage area, to reveal the festivities on the ‘coochie’ side.
In this piece for three dancers, Ola Maciejewska draws her inspiration from Loïe Fuller, one of the pioneers of modern dance and performance art. She explores the relationship in the arts between human beings and physical matter by creating movement in large pieces of fabric. She plays with the confluence of bodies and objects and the battle that these wage.
With In Many Hands, McIntosh dives into a tactile and multi-sensory world. She invites you to test, touch, listen and smell. She turns her back on the stage and opts for a series of sensory ‘situations’ which give you free rein to experiment. Take your time to explore and follow your nose!
In this performance/cookery workshop, Feiko Beckers teaches you some cooking techniques using faulty instructions and impractical utensils. You can be sure that the result will be inedible, but in Feiko Beckers’ world, failure is always a joy!
Laure Prouvost’s single sculpture piece Ho What A Cake is continuously displayed through the festival. The loaf of bread daubed with blue paint that was created during a performative dinner, and comes to life through light and sound.
DD Dorvillier presents a collection of danced fragments drawn from videos of her works while a youngster in the New York 90’s. The colourful exhibition Decor at Villa Empain forms a new backdrop. This way of looking back and into dance aims to be as subjective, aesthetic, and playful as possible.
You and a partner sit side by side in the reading room of Muntpunt. Via headphones and a notebook, a voice gives whispered instructions that guide you through a pile of books. A unique narrative thus unfolds for each duo. It is an intense and intimate hour-long experience – situated among studying students and reading library-users – that brings out the strange magic at the heart of reading.
Ant Hampton decided to step outside the building and beyond the comfort zone of an autonomous art practice, opting instead for an aim of real consquence via a clear demand: break your bubble. This performance-as-assignment for two, gently reveals itself as an urgent and vibrant challenge to audience, artist and art-centre.
Maarten Vanden Eynde and Alioum Moussa are building a two-part mobile structure, of which one side is the other’s opposite. During Performatik17 they set up shop at Place de la Monnaie, where you are invited to visit them – in pairs – for a discussion about dependence and independence.
Choreographers Felix Mathias Ott and Bahar Temiz are fascinated by a movement language that shifts between intimacy and sheer violence. How does a performance creates its own stage, its own beginning, its own onlookers on the verge between violence and tenderness
In their performances, author and artist Romy Rüegger and electronic music performer Deena Abdelwahed reflect on ways of personal entanglement with the world and its politics, including the interpretation of history as part of the present.
Maarten Seghers looks for a confrontation with the artists, musicians and dancers Fritz Welch, Simon Lenski, Nicolas Field and Mohamed Toukabri, for whom he wrote an invocatory song about the noisiness of comforting.
Ivo Dimchev is one name that cannot be missed from the Performatik programme: the exuberant performer has never missed a single edition. This time he sets up his first long durational performance at ZSenne artlab. For six days, he explores seven of his favorite creative activities. Pay Ivo a visit and witness his fourteen-hours performance laboratory.
American dancer and choreographer Loïe Fuller was a pioneer of modern dance and theatre technique. This Salon XL brings together researchers and artists to unravel her multi-layered personality and to sketch her influence and legacy on contemporary performance artists, such as Ola Maciejewska and Trajal Harrell.
In her new solo – and anagram – oslo, Mette Edvardsen once again plays with language, time and space. She extends the concept of the solo into the entire theatre space, where thoughts, words, things and actions multiply.
Filmmaker Hito Steyerl and theatre director Rabih Mroué will engage in a conversation about their artistic cooperation. The common ground of their practices is the idea of storytelling as a way of exposing (political) fictions in society and bringing them back to the domain of art.